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2015/08/30 — Brigada Today

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In this issue…
1) Sign up to Pray for One Minute in the Next Global Prayercast
2) Rediscover the Heart of Worship at this Prayer Weekend
3) “Memory Verses for Children” (the Book) and “Understanding God”
4) You Might Be able to Generate Some Extra Cash
5) Get TESOL Training in Chiang Mai
6) Engaging the Local Church in Field Networks Discussion
7) Kick off Your Culture-Crossing With Great Help…
8) Learn to See your Work as Worship at This Conference
9) Can we Meet Muslims as People Rather than Terrorists?
10) Have you Heard of the Urban Version of CHE?
11) Capturing Urgency for Finishing the Great Commission
12) Living a Life Overseas? Read the Blog
13) Are you Into Minecraft? Then You Might Like This Bible Study
14) The BackPage: “Finishing the Task” could Finish
15) Closing Stuff

1) Sign up to Pray for One Minute in the Next Global Prayercast

Prayercast GraphicThe next Global Prayercast will take place at 2pm ET (USA) on Oct. 31st. See promo videos (both a one-minute and a two-minute version at…


You can also fill out a form there requesting to be a participant in the actual broadcast — praying from your church or home, anywhere in the world! (Participants will need internet fast enough to use the web.) The broadcast will originate from this year’s International Conference on Missions in the main arena in Richmond, VA, but you can take part from anywhere on the planet. And even if you’d rather not be featured as one of the participants, praying on-screen, you can still watch and take part by logging on at 2pm ET (USA) at the URL above on Oct. 31st.

2) Rediscover the Heart of Worship at this Prayer Weekend

Prayerweekend7Our natural tendency in our prayer lives is to offer a laundry list that resolves around “us” and our needs and comfort. We have an inclination to check in from time to time making sure He knows we are there and reminding Him of our needs, hoping He’ll do something about them. At this special prayer weekend, September 18 & 19, participants will stand united in worship and prayer as they exalt His name. It will take place at beautiful Emerald Hills, on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky. Cost is just $70 and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday, along with all materials and program. Most sessions will be outdoors on a 61-acre campus that is mostly wooded. There will be ample time in guided yet individual prayers. Register today at…


3) “Memory Verses for Children” (the Book) and “Understanding God”

This book is set up in 3 parts for 3 different age groups (age 2, ages 3 and 4, ages 5 and above). It has verses under category headings such as “God and me,” “God saves us,” “Praise the LORD,” “Jesus is God,” “Encouraging Verses,” and “What God wants us to do.” By the same author, the book, “Understanding God” has 24 articles including Friendship with God, Hidden Treasures, Satanic Depression Disappeared, Growing into His Likeness, Prayer Life of Jesus, and When will the World End. It’s worth checking out at…


4) You Might Be able to Generate Some Extra Cash

topcashThese days, Brigada isn’t chasing the cash-back referrals quite so much (at all?). It’s just not our thing. But if it’s yours, you might consider the site, …


Using this site, according to one source, “you might be able to get a percentage back *in cash* on purchases if you move to a merchant from their website- 8% on booking.com and something similar on hotels.com. For frequent travelers, that adds up- especially if you are already using hotels.com and layer it on their 11th night free loyalty program. they also have a referral program that would net you AND the ‘signer upper’ 10 bucks.” Said to be a for-real deal and not pie-in-the-sky, if you’re into this sort of thing, it might save you some bucks. (Thanks Caleb!)

5) Get TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

tesolNeed training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages? The next course in Chiang Mai is November 9 – December 11. Asia’s Center for TESOL conducts these intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). Contact Melody for application forms or more information:
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6) Engaging the Local Church in Field Networks Discussion

The new Synergy Commons online learning community hosted by visionSynergy is starting a one-month discussion group in partnership with Ellen Livingood, the director of Catalyst Services. The topic, “Engaging the Local Church in Field Networks,” asks why local churches are often poorly represented in field-based networks, yet they can bring to the table much-needed abilities, resources, and perspectives.

This is a limited time discussion running September 1-30. visionSynergy has arranged to have a number of experienced church and network leaders contribute to the discussion. The online forum will post a new question each week. Join the discussion by joining the Synergy Commons:


Questions? Contact Daniel Dow, Online Community Manager for the Synergy Commons, by emailing

7) Kick off Your Culture-Crossing With Great Help…

crossing culturesBy checking out Patty Lane’s book, “A Beginner’s Guide to Crossing Cultures.”


She’ll help you grapple with the reasons your actions are sometimes misinterpreted. She shows you how to develop hands-on relational skills that build crosscultural friendships. And she provides practical resources to help you navigate multicultural environments with sensitivity and savvy. Filled with vivid stories of real-life situations, her helpful guidebook explains frequently misunderstood aspects of culture, debunks stereotypes and suggests ways to resolve crosscultural conflicts. Above all, Lane demonstrates God’s heart for building bridges across cultures and shows how you can reach out to people of every nation, culture and ethnicity. Worth checking.

8) Learn to See your Work as Worship at This Conference

wawnetwork_logo_newThis year’s “Work as Worship Conference” takes place on Friday, November 6th at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas.

You will also hear from some of the most respected leaders and companies in the Work as Worship movement:
*** Tony Bridwell, Chief People Officer at Brinker International (Chili’s & Maggianos) and author of The Difference Maker
*** Greg Gilbert, Pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church and author of The Gospel at Work
*** Matt Perman, author of What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done and many more.

Online registration is now open. Tickets are only $49 but there are only 200 seats available. They are including breakfast and lunch in the registration price. For tickets, visit….


But better hurry. This conference is likely to sell out.

9) Can we Meet Muslims as People Rather than Terrorists?

We liked Matt Stone’s article at…


In his 12 steps at the conclusion of the article, notice he doesn’t presume to tell Christians to keep quiet about their faith (so we don’t offend others). He just asks us to meet Muslims as PEOPLE rather than members of a religion. His article focuses on seeing individuals rather than nations. It seeks dialogue rather than diatribes. What were your thoughts about his admonitions?

10) Have you Heard of the Urban Version of CHE?

City You Live InIt’s called Neighborhood Transformation. It’s “Urban CHE!” It holds these core values:

*** Integration and Wholism
*** Relationships
*** Never do for others what they can do for themselves
*** Long-term solutions
*** Local ownership and initiative
*** Strength-based approach
*** Reproducible tools
*** Multiplication and Movements
*** Christian servant leadership

Want to learn more about NT? Visit


11) Capturing Urgency for Finishing the Great Commission

Those who take seriously the Great Commission end up making it a priority. That’s the essence of a new 4-minute free video at…

A Sense of Urgency from Team Expansion on Vimeo.

Jon observes that “the opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity.” Don’t miss the opportunity to show Jon’s video whenever you can. The need is urgent. Recover that sense of urgency in your own life today.

12) Living a Life Overseas? Read the Blog

It’s a mixture of all kinds of person reflections, lessons learned, and questions. But either way, it has drawn thousands of readers. “ALifeOverseas” was recently quoted in Christianity Today. And it’s no wonder. The content is great. You’ll read about cross-cultural stress, transition, grief, member care, and a whole lot more. Check it out. You just might find out something about YOUR life:


14) The BackPage: “Finishing the Task” could Finish

finishingthetaskThis could be the year that Finishing the Task (the network) finishes its current list of unengaged and unreached peoples. Of course, maybe they’ll then come out with a new list of more granular people groups.

Finishing the Task (FTT) is an association of mission agencies and churches who want to see reproducing churches planted among every people group in the world. In 2006, FTT identified 639 unreached, unengaged people groups with populations above 100,000. Since then, church planting is now reported in over 555 of these original people groups. Once that list became complete, they began looking at smaller groups. They’re currently focused on groups of 10,000 or above.

FTT is one of the only networks that maintains a kind of “census” on the number of known workers laboring in each particular people group. By doing so, they can estimate the relative likelihood that any unreached group will have better access to the Good News.

If all of this sounds objective and engineering-like, it’s actually not. There are so many subjective factors involved, not the least of which are a) differences in receptivity among groups, b) differences in strategy by those onsite, and c) level of reporting (and the impact of security) that each network maintains.

Still, we believe that FTT’s over all impact is positive in that it a) gets news out about unreached peoples, b) focuses on agencies and churches and their need to zero in on individual groups rather than become overwhelmed by a world in need.

This year, FTT’s annual meeting will be a bit different. In the past, it has been rather hush-hush and, in some ways, exclusive. You pretty much had to have an invitation — or at least a referral. But this year, the meeting is open. You can register and come regardless of your background or experience. In fact, FTT hopes you WILL. The goal of this three-day event is to help you, your church or organization take concrete steps in engaging a people group with the gospel. Want to learn more or sign up? Visit…


Cost is just $125 (if you register before May 15th). The conference starts at 7:30am on Dec. 2nd and ends at 5pm on Dec. 4th. It takes place at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest (south of L.A.). Sign up today — and please let them know you heard about it on Brigada. Brigada will be there — we hope you will be too.

15) Closing Stuff

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